FLASHBACK: Supercross of Paris – Bercy 1984

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This weekend will mark the 40th edition of the Supercross of Paris, popularly known as Bercy and for a couple of years as Lille. But no matter where the race was held, the event itself is one of the most important supercross races in Europe with a long history back to 1984.

Just inaugurated, the Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy is being invaded by trucks of dirt. The track for the first Supercross at Paris Bercy comes into being, and the Parisian public receives a shock since such a spectacle has never before come before them. Cheerleaders, rock and roll, light shows, entertainment, and stars of the European and American Supercross were there. The Americans ruled over the Europeans, some of whom were convinced that they used very special motorcycles (with, for example, a special two-speed gearbox) for the occasion. Johnny O’Mara and David Bailey, two legends from America, stand out while a young man named Ricky Johnson becomes the darling of the public thanks to his showmanship.

David Bailey ended up as the first-ever King of Bercy (now Paris) opening a list that now stands at 26th champions.

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